Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny

Common Sense Media says

Fantasty brawler series premieres on the PSP, offers depth.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

While there are terrific, myth-like stories behind each character, the ultimate message is: to the victor belong the spoils. Might makes right.

Positive role models

You generally admire to these godly knights and powerful supernatural characters. They never really give up on their goals of winning. But they win by fighting.

Ease of play

Soulcalibur games are deceptively easy to pick up. Button mashing will ensue for newbies. But hardcore gamers will appreciate the many nuanced moves you can pull off by carefully combining buttons on the PSP.

Violence

This is a case of the bark worse than the bite. The many confident characters throw insults at their foes. They fight each other using weapons that include whips, lances, knives, and swords. But the fantasy violence never shows blood or guts. However, there's a ton of moaning and groaning, and highlighting of violent finishing moves.

Sex

The female characters have huge, pendulous breasts and wear skimpy outfits. Players will see cleavage, and sides of breasts and buttocks. One of the characters, Ivy, carries a whip and is suggestive of an S&M fantasy. Others don little girl outfits and you can see their underwear when they are hit high into the air.

Language

Mild cussing of the "hell" and "damn" variety.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this swordfighting brawler is part of a reknown fighting series. That's because the back story for each of the characters is deep and compelling. While there's much cutting, slashing, hitting, tripping, and moaning in pain, there is never any bloodletting. Female characters have exergerated breasts and are shown in very skimpy clothing. Mild cussing can be heard.

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Kids say

What's it about?

SOULCALIBUR: BROKEN DESTINY, a fantasy weapons-based fighting game, features a  back story for each of about 30 combatants. Each tale, which you read via scrolling text, is part tutorial, part epic one-on-one battle, and part fable. Most deal in some way with the story of the mythic blade of magic called The Soul Edge.

Is it any good?

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Basically, Soulcalibur Broken Destiny is SoulCalibur IV with the new addition of the Kratos, the godly character from Sony’s M-rated God of War series. The beauty of the game lies in your ability to quickly brawl or carefully pull off magical fighting moves as a kind of wizardly pugilist (unfortunately, the Critical Finish move is still difficult to pull off). Yet, unless you’re a true fan of the series, seeing these over-the-top battles on the smaller screen is a bit of a letdown. Then again, playing as Kratos will be a real plus for lovers of the God of War franchise.

Online interaction: Online play is seamless, and there's no chat to worry about.

Families can talk about...

  • Each of the characters has a mythic story about their lives in which they overcome daunting obstacles. Is there any one character you relate to more than others? Why?
  • Do you feel more agressive after playing this game? Do you think playing violent video games can affect how you look at the world?

Game details

Platforms:PSP
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:September 1, 2009
Genre:Fighting
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PSP)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byconker123 November 4, 2009
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yooh

What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byThe Informer October 18, 2009
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A great portable version of Soulcalibur IV

I'm very impressed; this game is almost every bit as good as Soulcalibur IV. The graphics are very good for the PSP, the gameplay is superb and works just as well as the console version. Kratos is a much better fighter than the Star Wars characters, and is much more fitting to the game's universe. However, there isn't much of a story in this one, there is no online play and there isn't as many unlockables as SCIV. But this is a great PSP game that any fighting game fan should play!

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old Written byhaloodst November 4, 2010
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12
QUALITY
 

love the game

What other families should know
Too much sex

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